Back-to-back draws have seen Liverpool relinquish their place at the summit of the league table to Manchester City as they squandered opportunities to build a more substantial lead at the top.
Chelsea, on the other hand, just can not afford to lose this game because if they do then Man United will move one point clear at them in the top-four spot.
Yet, hope does exist for Chelsea should Sarri learn the same lessons Guardiola did after his first experience of the harsh winter months in English football. And we will fight until the last match day'.
Even when the teams may have thought his beady eye has passed as the game comes to a close, it is in fact between the 76th and 90th minute when it's most likely to see his hand shoot into the air with that red (39.4% of all dismissal times) with his visible determination to give onlooking fans something to remember him by.
Unfortunately for Sarri he may not be allowed the time Guardiola was afforded given the lengths City went to secure his signature and also the trigger happy culture at Chelsea under Roman Abramovich.
"We need to be very fast when we're recovering the ball".
"We did nothing differently to prepare".
The reference to the transfer market may prove another significant difference.
Sarri is unlikely to be handed that sort of war chest to work with, but the former Napoli boss does finally have the striker he wanted after being reunited with Gonzalo Higuain in January.
The German defender was on the bench for the Huddersfield game but could return on Sunday.
Another former Reds hero, Jason McAteer, added: 'These days, with social media, it is hard to escape the pressure.